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Commander Paul R. Reyes
A native of Hightstown, New Jersey, Commander Reyes graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2007, earning a Bachelor of Science in Economics. CDR Reyes was commissioned through USNA and reported to NAS Pensacola, FL for flight training in August 2007. In August 2008, CDR Reyes reported to VAW-120 “Greyhawks” for initial fleet training as an E-2 Airborne Battle Manager. He earned his Naval Flight Officer Wings in July 2009.
CDR Reyes began his operational flying in March 2010 with the “Bear Aces” of VAW-124. While a “Bear Ace”, he made one deployment aboard USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN 77), participating in Operation NEW DAWN and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. During this tour CDR Reyes graduated from the Advanced Mission Commander Course and was selected as the Bear Ace 603 Award winner in 2012.
CDR Reyes reported back to VAW-120 the “Greyhawks” in January of 2013 as an E-2 instructor. During his time there, he served as the overall E-2 Training Officer and was an East coast plank owner for the new DIVOLC program.
CDR Reyes returned to the fleet as the E-2 representative and budget and crypto officer on the CVW-9 “Shogun” staff. While with “Shogun”, he completed one deployment aboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-74) in support of multiple INDOPACOM exercises, including the 2016 RIMPAC.
Following his disassociated tour, CDR Reyes was selected to take part in the Fleet Scholars Education Program (FSEP), and attended the University of Southern California. In May of 2019 CDR Reyes earned his Masters Public Administration with focus on Homeland Security.
CDR Reyes returned to the fleet again as a department head, again with VAW-124 “Bear Aces.” CDR Reyes served as the Administrative Officer and Maintenance Officer during an extended maintenance phase and aircraft transition to the Hawkeye 2000.
CDR Reyes then reported to NAS Fallon in January 2021, to be the Carrier Airborne Early Warning Weapons School (CAEWWS) N6A. Where he supported three WTI classes, earned his own WTI patch, and mentored junior officers in creating cutting edge tactics techniques and procedures as the CAEWWS XO. He selected for squadron command in March 2021.
CDR Reyes has accumulated over 1,500 flight hours in 4 aircraft, including over 50 combat missions. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards), and Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various service awards and ribbons.
Last Updated: 4 April 2023